July 18th, 2009
04:41 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama political team turns its sights on House Dems

OFA's spot targets fellow Democrats and centrist Republicans.

OFA's spot targets fellow Democrats and centrist Republicans.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – President Obama’s political team is expanding its ad buy pressuring lawmakers to support the administration’s health care plan, adding 15 more markets as the president’s August target date for congressional passage of the package nears.

The 30-second TV ad from Organizing for America, the president’s political arm at the Democratic National Committee, is already airing in eight states - Arkansas, Indiana, Florida, Louisiana, Maine, North Dakota, Nebraska, and Ohio – represented by moderate Republican and conservative Democratic senators the White House needs on board for any vote on the massive health care overhaul.

"It's Time" will now begin airing in the Savannah, Palm Springs, Seattle, Nashville, Bloomington, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Little Rock, Columbus, Marquette, Grand Rapids and Medford media markets, according to the DNC – all areas within districts represented by members of Congress who are viewed as swing votes on a key committee weighing the president’s plan. Four-fifths of those lawmakers are Democrats.

The ad - which features ordinary Americans relating health insurance difficulties they’ve faced - does not mention legislators by name, but does ask viewers to call Capitol Hill, and provides the telephone number for the U.S. Capitol switchboard.

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soundoff (214 Responses)
  1. Lynda/Minnesota

    Tom Bachman – which lobbyist firm do you work for? This delay is nothing more than getting health care reform stalled. We both know that.

    Your advice was good nonetheless - I contacted mine to vote yes.

    July 18, 2009 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  2. E.C.Coleman

    All you people out there............big obama supporters who thought this clown would be the greatest the world had ever seen..............
    .Like what you see NOW????
    Hope you're getting the real picture of this jerk.

    obama was never qualified ..............never had the right experience.....never had one clue about the presidency or about the American people.

    obama is motivated by his personal quest for an important all powerful identity and is such an egotist that he really believes that he is above others and is the all supreme leader of all time...........
    Who is going to Volunteer to tell obama the real story????????

    July 18, 2009 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  3. Stu

    Stop the socialization of healthcare. If you like Canadian or European ways so much, leave the U.S. What needs to be done is major tort law reform to eliminate punitive awards on lawsuits. This is a major reason healthcare is so expensive. The government has done such a wonderful job with other failures like social security, the tax system, medicare/mecidaid etc. there is no way we should tolerate the government running a federal healthcare system!

    July 18, 2009 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  4. E.C.Coleman

    Best thing in the world is for Pelosi and this Healthcare Bill to FAIL.

    July 18, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  5. Patrick from Seattle

    I was recently informed that my health insurance premiums would be increasing 20% as all premium increases for my employer plan will be passed through this year. The rumor is that the premiums are increasing primarily for increasing "general and administrative" costs, rather than costs of providing healthcare. Are private insurance companies passing costs of advertising and lobbying against the Obama plan to employers and their employees? If so, how much of my premiums (and my employers' for that matter) relate to ads and lobbying?

    July 18, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Lynda – I agree. Insurance lobbyists are very busy in DC 24/7 these days. They don't want to lose all their profits, so they buy our representatives. It's a shame.

    We know who to vote for and against next year and in 2012.

    July 18, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  7. skyhawkdriver

    They just want to hurry up and cram this down our throats before the hero of chappaquittic goes belly up and assumes room temperture

    July 18, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    President Obama is NOT writing the rules in this healthcare bill.

    Our Senators and Representatives are writing it.

    He will not sign anything that increases the deficit. Quit blaming him for what the Congress is trying to push thru.

    Contact your representatives and let them hear your choices. I have. THEY DON'T READ THESE BLOGS.

    July 18, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. barrystash

    Johnny – healthcare reform would be gutting Medicare and starting over for people who are in desperate straights. Not doubling up on the existing Medicare disaster and forcing everyone (except Congress and the Obama family) into it. And yes, Obama sounds really thuggish when he says that no ones coverage is safe unless everyone's coverage is safe. Just as my food intake, housing, and education, my health care is not the business of Obama or his partners in crime.

    July 18, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  10. barrystash

    Patrick – so you repeat what you say is a rumour and then use it to attack private healthcare. You sound like Obama. And that is why most people don't trust people like you or Obama to tell the truth.

    July 18, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    E.C.COLEMAN – You seem to have an anger management problem, man. Get some professional help for yourself and your family's sake.

    July 18, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  12. Meghan McCain

    Theres alot of people that will be very happy with Obama's healthcare plan then there will be those that aren't. Cant make everyone happy all the time, but in the long run Obama's vision for the future will be a brighter place to live. I dont know why some of you are mad at him, he barely even had anything passed yet, plus inherited seriously the worst job in American history.

    July 18, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  13. Jeffery Meaux, Sr.

    I am not rich and I do not expect the rich to pay for my health care, and I do not want to be taxed to pay for the freeloaders health care. Where is fairness and justice. Congress needs to look at other ways to provide better health care for the people. I ask myself, WHY IS OBAMA SO ANXIOUS TO TRY TAXING OUR WAY OUT OF THIS PROBLEM? HE APPEARS TO BE ON A PATH TO RUIN THIS COUNTRY, WHY? I don't excuse President Bush for the problems he and the Republicans left. We need people that belong to neither party to seek a better United States of America.

    July 18, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  14. GI Joe

    Barrystash – My premiums are going up 23%. Deal with the truth.

    July 18, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  15. harold

    ANY pre existing conditions and back problems?...It will cost you extra for private health insrunce..BUT hey if you like paying a premium for all that plus all the adds you watch on TV for health care insurance..you go girl......OR better yet wait till age 65 when pre existing conditions do nto csot you extra fro Medicare...Profits can we afford the 20% inreases in private health insurance yearly?

    July 18, 2009 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  16. Greg


    i am an indepedent who voted for Obama but this i am not excited about

    i am becoming pretty alarmed at how the Obama administration is trying to ram this healthcare bill through so quickly

    given the gravity of what they are trying to accomplish one would think it would be best to take things slow and make sure they are doing it right

    i was already worried that this might not be the right time for our country to take on such a huge financial burden but the manner in which the administration is trying to force it down everyone's (including those in their own party) throat really has me concerned

    July 18, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  17. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    1.The GAO reports the plan will cost much more than Obama admits.
    2. After 5 years, all employers will be forced to switch to this plan. Say goodbye to your current health plan.
    3. Obama and Congress refuse to include language preventing illegal aliens from getting free health care paid for by out tax dollars.

    July 18, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  18. Chris

    Obama's real plans begin to rear their ugly heads.... I can't believe this guy was voted into office, we are all screwed with debt up to our eyes. Ron Paul, the only sensible voice is barely heard. Maybe this country is just destined to fail.

    July 18, 2009 06:09 pm at 6:09 pm |
  19. Meghan McCain

    The republicans are just the party of "NO", they like to pass judgement but dont have a plan of their own. If you are middle-class and think for one minute you would be better off voting republican this time around you are sorely mistaken, you would have been crushed. They have no answers just problems. They run on a platform of govt inefficiency (i.e. smaller govt, huge tax breaks for the rich. Im an independent but I can say that problems dont get solved overnight and I think we need to give his plans some time to work.

    July 18, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  20. Jenn, Philadelphia

    SMR, good thing you're paying attention. The Democrats do control the House and the Senate. They also control the White House. Has your life improved? Never trust a deal that has to be rushed. The Obama Administration still hasn't said how this is going to be paid for. Taxing those making over $250,000 is only going to raise about one-quarter of the estimated total cost. Where is the rest coming from?

    July 18, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. gary

    national health care is a nightmare i can site england and canada a former member of the canadian parliament belinda stronach had breast cancer and had a double masectomy and had breast reconstruction done in the united states not her native country canada paul mccartney brought his wife linda to sloan kettering hospital in new york not his native country england thats all i need to know about socializwd medicine

    July 18, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  22. mar

    When you elect lawers to do an economist an businessperson job you get the current situation we are in now. Obana and his minions have never created a job or run a business, yet we ask these lawers to run the largest business in the world. We expect them to grow this business when they have never worked as a manager or cfo of a busniness. Government don't create wealth, they only destroy it by taking from the producers to give to the non-producers. The most expensive plan will be the government health plan because the Federal government don't know how to run anything successfully

    July 18, 2009 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  23. valwayne

    If Obamacare won't bankrupt the entire country why does Obama have to spend millions on adds to threaten members of his own party in Congress. Could it be that they know the trillions and trillions in debt and taxes this plan would cause could double unemployment and destroy our economy for a generation?

    July 18, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  24. About To Lose BIG


    If I'm reading your post correctly, you're complaining that representatives are only allowing people from their home districts to communicate and comment with/to them. This is not "disgusting" or "unAmerican". It is actually the way the framers of the constitution designed it. The reason they call it the "House of Representatives" is that the people in there are elected by and expected to REPRESENT the people in their respective districts. I don't really care in which way of this debate you're going. If you don't have this simple American government concept down, and if anywhere near the majority of Americans are like you, America is in trouble and will begin to destroy itself like Rome.

    July 18, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  25. JC

    As long as Pelosi and Reid try to ramrod their terrible plans, the blue dogs and centrist republicans should oppose it. The bipartisan committee that investigated the plan determined that not will it cost 1.5 trillion (or whatever), but the plan won't lower the costs to health care, but would probably increase health care costs.

    If the plan makes sense, lowers costs, and covers more it should be supported. But just throwing a crappy plan out there and trying to rush it through to get approved is the wrong way to do it.

    July 18, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
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